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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY When I was informed that I was going to speak about IT I felt excited and apprehensive at the same time Excited because this is a subject that is very close to my heart and which I strongly advocate Apprehensive because I am not sure if I will be able to effectively share with you the impact technology has on learning But I guess I will never know unless I try What I am about to present today is a result of the countless hours I spent on the Internet Actually I was supposed to discuss mutli-media instruction only but I believe that multi-media is only one of several technology tools available for us now And these is collectively called as Information Technology So for starters let me present to you a simple definition of Information Technology IT is the process of using technology in all forms to present information to a target audience Examples of technology include Overheadslide Projectors Video recorder players and televisions Multimedia Computers The internet Now I am sure that all of us in our years as college instructors have in one way or another used at least one of the technology listed here Technology is being used in education as a tool for learning collaboration curriculum development and staff development Technology is a very powerful tool But how do we know that were making the best use of technology How can we be sure that were using technology to support what we know about how students learn best How can we make sure that technology supports engaged learning Learning according to modern definition is determined by how well students perform on standardized tests To be able to meet the demands of present times a new definition of learning is required According to the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory researchers and traditional reformers have shifted from traditional definitions
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